Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Snowday!!!

The grass was green and bare when I got home from work yesterday, with snow just starting to stick...it fell hard all afternoon, and by the time Ben and I went to a scout meeting at 6pm, the roads were essentially impassable (we saw a couple of cars off the road, and 2 went off in front of us while making the 6 miles drive back home from the SL firehouse)...

Not entirely surprisingly, I got the "snowday" call this morning...


Words cannot adequately describe the feeling of getting the call at 5:45am telling me to take the day off, the unexpected surprise aspect of it; but the picture above does a good job of explaining/expressing my happiness...


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The video above is a dramatic reading of my world famous snowday haiku...


The snow shown on my Element fell since last night at 7:30pm...


Ben also has the day off, so we suited up and went out in the snow-pocalypse to play and hurl snow at each other...


He kept trying to fool me that he was all done throwing snow at my head, but would then sneak up and rub some more into my balaclava and/or face...luckily, my camera is waterproof...


Our house is really at its best in the wintertime...warm and cozy feeling on a cold and windy day, with snow still falling on us...


After running and rolling and diving and such for a while, Ben got overheated, and shed his balaclava while we walked down the driveway to see how the rest of the world faired in the storm...


McMaster Road is cold and snowy and quiet...


Ben noticed that different trees looked different in the snow...the white pines at the left of the picture keep their needles and hold more snow, the tamarack trees to the right lose their needles and hold less snow...the tradeoff in photosynthetic potential versus energy expended to build branches of different strength works out differently for the different trees in our forests...it was a cool discussion with Ben...

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By the time we headed back up to our house to warm up, Ben was pretty wiped out and dragging...I almost left him behind when he fell, it was a close call...in the end he played on my hyper-developed paternal instincts, and I gave in...


We made up some hot-cider to warm us up...the dogs are sleeping at my feet by the stove, and life is good...

3 comments:

mothra said...

dude. that panda picture is the funniest thing i've ever seen!

Anonymous said...

Nature Girl in Maine says you make snow sound like so much fun! The pictures are pretty, but that's about as much enjoyment I get from snow.

Deschain said...

Wow...what's the snow texture like? That's quite a bit of snow for this early in the year, though I remember getting as much pretty regularly a few weeks into November when I lived in Montreal. Gratz on the epic day off, though.